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, the u.s. state department is sending charter planes to help bring back american citizens who want to leave and advising americans to stay at least 50 miles from the power plant. here is the latest. >> reporter: with japanese fukushima daiichi plant crippled on the ground desperate efforts are coming from the air. helicopters dumping sea water into the holes of the roof of damaged reactor number three hoping to cool it enough to prevent a nuclear meltdown. the energy commerce says there is talk of apocalypse and i think the word is well chosen. it was considered too dangerous yesterday. they said radiation levels were too high. the. >> we are reminded how american leadership is critical to our closest allies, even if the allies are themselves economically advanced and powerful, there are moments where they need our help. >> the state department is providing aircraft to help americans leave japan and wants to evacuate americans 50 miles of the plant. the japanese zone is much smaller. tokyo's airport is packed with people leaving. like a 15-year-old sent by parents to stay with fami
to offer u.s. assistance. here is the latest. >> in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami, a third risk now looms, fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this veekt says it's the most frightening thing but signs of what is happening at the fukushima daiichi plant are not good. all four reactors have had issues including three exposes explosions. >> the prime minister says the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. keep inside the house. >> japanese television echoed the warnings affecting 140,000 people. 70,000 have already evacuated. nearby test sites are checking people to see if they have been exposed to radiation. >> this woman seven i worry very much about the radiation. i don't even know what to do. even in tokyo, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels but they say it's too small to threaten people there. hillary clinton met with japan's foreign minister who expressed gratitude. >> the world comes together to support japan in th
on a scale where 7 is the equivalent of chernobyl. they are asking u.s. officials for help. military fire trucks including one borrowed from the u.s. have reportedly been able to reach the cooling pool in building 3 with some water this morning. meanwhile, more than 16,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing since the quake struck. now, the latest on the nuclear part of the crisis. >> japanese government officials are cautiously optimistic about the fukushima daiichi power plant in northern japan. they connected the cooling equipment to a diesel generator allowing them to pump sea water in. they expect to have another pump to cool another two. >> the work is continuing to put water into the power plant. at the same time, effort is going on to evaluate the results of yesterday's work. >> reporter: and the team continued operations at the facility's most troubled reactor. they doused number three with water cannons and dropped water from the air with helicopters. on thursday, president obama. >> even as responders continue to do heroic work, we know that the damage to the nuclear rea
's ambassador to talk more about u.s. assistance. >> the in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami a third risk now looms. fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this evacuee says that most frightening thing. nobody really knows what is happening. but signs what is happening at fukushima daiichi are not good. all four reactors have issues including three explosions. radioactive material could be leaking from the base of the reactor. the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. >> keep inside the work places or houses. >> they echoed the warnings affecting more than 140,000 people within a 12 mile radius. 70,000 have already evacuated. they are checking people to see if they have been exposed to radiation. >> this woman says i worry very much about radiation. i don't know what to do. even in tokyo, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels but they say the levels are too small to threaten people there. hillary clinton met with the foreign minister w
:30. bringing the climate change law to a halt. >> u.s. fighter jet goes down in libya, two crew members on board and the latest on coming up. >> tons of rock come crashing down from a santa cruz county cliff. >> forecast coming up, we'll talk about heavy rains in the santa cruz mountains. it's focused in the can of airport delays, snow near boston and minneapolis and severe weather is possible in kansas city and st. louis. go to www.abc7.com where you can find flight tracker. >>> a rock slide has geologists in a race against time. >> here is a live look at dry downtown san francisco, toward the east bay hills, it's not going to last very long. wet weather on the way. heavy at times and even stronger storm that may cause more flooding thursday. >> good morning. chp has issued a wind advisory for the bay bridge. just got word that the vallejo ferry service has been cancelled. >> also this morning, prosecutors will lay out their case against former giants' slugger barry bonds. >> and a marin county sanitation district is looking for a criminal investigation of a spill that dumped 2 million
of dangerous levels of radiation from japan would ever make it to the u.s. >> despite all the assurance we won't see high radiation levels. health stores have seen a run on potassium iodide pills and alternative remedies that are prescribed for radiation exposure. it helps block the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation. but if it's misused it can be harmful. virtually every store that carried the pills were sold out and on ebay they are going for as much as 5 haunted bottle. -- $500 a bottle. >>> it in l fluctuate in intense but definitely be out there during the morning commute and maybe up to the lunch hour but the evening commuting on to be okay. -- but the evening commute ought to be okay. >> and ponding on the road from last night. you can see the definite drying trend, as we look upstream to the north and west and look at all the snow in the sierra, a lot of fresh powder but a lot of problems up there. temperatures this morning running about one to three degrees cooler than this time yesterday. what is it right now? how about low to mid-50s, still pretty mild. by the afternoon hours, n
of increasing tension between the u.s. and japan over how the reactor crisis is being handled. the state department is now sending charter planes to help bring back american citizens who want to leave and advising americans to stay at least 50 miles from the power plant. >> with japan's fukushima daiichi plant crippled on the ground, desperate efforts are coming from the air. helicopters dumping sea water into the holes of the roof hoping to could cool it enough to prevent a nuclear meltdown. they say there is talk of apocalypse and i think that word is well chosen. the procedure was considered too dangerous. they said radiation levels were too high. the u.s. insisted something be done. >> we're reminded that american leadership is critical even though the allies are themselves economically advanced and powerful. there are moments where they need our help. >> the state accident now providing aircraft to help americans leave northeast japan and it wants to evacuate americans within 50 miles of the plant. tokyo's airport is packed with people leaving. like a 15-year-old sent by her parents
universities. senator feinstein say the fake universities allow foreigners to illegally enter the u.s. cites tri-valley in particular where 1500 students were enrolled. the school closed in january when it was found the school was a fraud. they're an immediate threat to our national security. >> bay area company making a big slash when it comes to sustainable seafood. the folks say once you get the news it will change the way you eat seafood. terry mcsweeney has the story. >> dinner has arrive add at the restaurant in cold valley. chef mike roone has bin plans. >> served over a light vinegarette and wantons. >> but just as important to chef roone where this fish is going is where it's from, how it's caught. in other words, is it sustainable seafood. for that he relied on ilovelucy.com. it's not necessarily wild, not necessarily farmed. >> one year ago they began selling to restaurants and caterers in the bay area as well as directly to consumers nationwide. shipping and recyclable cardboard. it only sells seafood approved by the monterey bay aquarium see food watch program. the ahi tuna is u
can also e-mail us. preparing for a handover. changing level of u.s. involvement in libya and the deadly super bug drugs can't fight. it's hitting california ♪ you're unpacking already? yeah. help me find some mugs? sure. ♪ [ beep ] hey. okay. -these'll do. -yeah. [ male announcer ] wake up to the mountain grown aroma of folgers. ♪ the best part of wakin' up so, where do you want to start? i think this is a pretty good place. ♪ is folgers in your cup >> president obama will address the nation monday about libya. the president is expected to talk about a greater role for nato and less u.s. military involvement. some lawmakers of both parties say the president should have consulted them first before taking any military action. the president gets a big boost, though, from the battle in libya that turned around overnight. libyan rebels are now celebrating regaining control of the eastern city of the gateway to libya's oil fields. the rebels were on the verge of defeat by muammar qaddafi's forces until coalition air support turned things around. it was the fall of the
say the current levels of radiation in japan don't pose a threat to people in the u.s. health stores and drugstores have seen a sudden run on potassium iodide pills and kelp that is natural source. it can help the blocking of thyroid gland from absorbing radiation if taken prior. >> they are expected dpoptd use sonar equipment to take a look at sunken obstacles in the harbor. they have pulled seven sunken boats and they say another 13 are there. the harbor should reopen by early next week. until then, the local fishing industry is on hold. >> they are hurting for money. it's a pretty bad situation right now. >> damage is expected to top $29 million. >> the numbers 669 mean anything to you? state regulators will introduce the new area code for santa clara county. janelle wang with a 411. >> that is exactly right. by the end of 2012 all the phone numbers using the 408 area code will be used up. so that is why they have to introduce another area code, 669 but it's hard for people because it's a habit they get used to an area code and they bond with it. we used to be all 415. then in 195
set to explain the u.s. mission in libya. what he is expected to say coming up. [ male announcer ] dandruff, meet micro-beads. any last wishes? new selsun blue deep cleansing micro-bead scrub goes to the source wiping out flakes before they flake. new selsun blue deep cleansing. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >> kristen: officials in japan say growing amount of radiation are seeping from a crippled nuclear power plant into sea water and soil. workers are racing to pump out the contaminated water which is emitting radiation levels hundred thousand times above normal. the bought must be safely stored before work can be completed. it could take weeks. and contamination in the ocean has spread a mile north of the nuclear site than prfl expected. >> eric: tonight president obama will make his case about the u.s. role in libya. they have recovered hundreds of miles of territory including two key oil installations. here the latest from washington. >> reporter: president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. he is expected to say the u.s. acte
to end. the latest round of fare hikes, american, delta, united, continental and u.s. airways all increased fares in the lower 48 states between 10 and $20 depending on the trip and that's just this week's increase. airlines sometimes boost prices one day, drop it back the next. last week's fares jumped 20 dollars only to be reduced to $10 a week later. >> it is tough because i do have family back down south and i try to go in every other weekend. unfortunately the cheapest way that i could find, it's either jetblue or southwest and i'd like to try the other airlines. unfortunately they can't beat the price of some of the airlines. >> southwest, jetblue and air tran not increasing prices and some analysts are saying other airlines are getting close to pricing that will have leisure travelers staying home. february travel was very strong. airlines' increase cost of fuel and that fuel is now more. more money saving tips for the travelers. live at sfo, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thanks so much. it's 6:05. a tense protest that had several people making a dangerous statemen
report is coming up. >> a change of command for the libyan no-fly zone. find out what it means for the u.s. coming up. >> also the nuclear crisis in japan goes from bad to worse. the breach that is raising new concerns. >> and crackdown lawmakers are proposing on the sale of cigare3q these are the old aerosols you know, and this is the next generation of air fresheners from air wick; powered by 100% natural propellants for a cleaner fragrance experience. come see how refreshing, a fresh scent can be. >>> good friday morning. if you think you are going to escape the rain, most of northern part of the state mostly rain with the highs in the 50s. snow continues to pile up but winter storm warning has expired around the sierra nevada around lake tahoe. from 11:00, but yosemite that is where the storm warning has expired and the sunshine but that is in palm springs. >>> authorities now in japan fear the reactor core may be breached. high levels of radiation in cooling water has led them to fear the core is leaking. two workers waded in a pool suffered unexpected burns. the evacuation zone aroun
belief that al-queda is in the u.s. and law enforcement not countering it. >> the killer wave volcano experienced its first explosive eruption 80 years sunday putting on quite the show. it's been in constant eruption 25 years. scientists are studying more than 150 small earthquakes that were recorded within the volcano. the biggest danger is the noxious gas the volcano is spewing so parks downwind have been closed. >> shays shuttle discovery making plans to return to earth for the final time. the counterparts on the international space station. by the way these are shots taken just a bit ago from the international space station of "discovery" in orbit. the mission was 14 days with discovery delivers a 21 foot long storage compartment to the space station. after three decades of service, the spaceship will be retired after this mission and the entire fleet will be retired later this year. >> listen up. the intrigue surrounding charlie sheen's up and down life could put him back to work pretty soon. billionaire mark cueman says he's been talking about the actor. sheen debuted a live web
to the nuclear reactor at fukushima daiichi poses a substantial risk to people nearby. >> u.s. pledged medical and humanitarian support. >> we are working aggressively to support our japanese ally in this time of explored charge, search and rescue teams are on the ground to help recovery efforts. we have flown hundreds of rescue mission and distributed water and food to the japanese people. >>> and in new fallout from the investigation into the contra costa drug task force. district attorney's office now says it will dismiss about dozen cases involving arrests made by norman welch the former head of the task force, they are facing challengers of selling drugs they stole from drug task force seizures. contra costa public defender is calling the d.a.'s office to remove itself from the case. >>> jurors in barry bonldz trial won't get to hear some of the most dramatic evidence when the trial starts on monday. a federal judge has thrown out voicemail of bonds' former mistress. prosecutors hoped to use the voice mails who they said are profane and threatening and are the result of bonds' steroid use
county coast because the west coast of the u.s. is also under a tsunami warning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. well, that's our news. in just a few minutes, a tsunami is set to hit hawaii triggered by that deadly massive 8.9 massive earthquake in japan. jenelle joins us with the very latest. >> kristen, this is the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan's history and one of the largest earthquakes in the history of the world. 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit friday afternoon local time. we want to show you some video because this is the aftermath, this giant tsunami just sweeping over parts of japan wiping out entire towns, cars, rice patties. taking out roads. it's just devastating. the most devastation is hitting in the northern part of japan. that's where the epicenter hit just off the coast of sendi. that's about 200 miles north of tokyo. there's just been tons of aftershock, too, over 50 most of them. but you can see this wall of water just wiping, wiping away, destroying small towns and homes. the airport here completely destroyed. all planes going into that airport have no
snarled traffic on highway 80 for two hours last night. >> let's turn to the turmoil in libya. the u.s. and coalition force are launching air strikes over libya. moammar gadhafi went on tv condemning the barrage. the coalition forces are attacking the air positions and tomahawk cruz missiles have been files. he is saying the attacks are unjustified and his people will rue night against what he calls the christian crusaders. libya television is showing the bodies of civilians lined up in the morgue claiming they were killed in the air strikes. abc news has more. >> more than 100 ham hawk missiles launched from a u.s. trip were fired off the coast of libya after 2:00 eastern time. the target, more than 20 to surface air strikes. >> on a trip to latin america, president obama addresses what has been called operation odyssey dawn. >> actions have consequences and the writ of the international community must be enforced. >> the rebels were successful in shooting down one of gadhafi's planes. >> the blood of kids. one five years old and one four months old. >> in reaction to the the ally's o
:43. developing news out of st. louis where a police officer and two u.s. marshalls have been shot in a gun battle at a home. police say a man inside the home was wounded in an exchange of gunfire. a spokeswoman say the two marshalls are in the emergency room. the officer was hit in his bullet proof vest and received a graze wound. police are not receiving further details at this time. >> gunner sandburg of marin county was nearly killed a year ago this week after a ball struck his skull. now he's speaking out on behalf of a new style of helmet specifically designed for pitchers. david louie has the story. >> eastern bell sports opened this technology center last year just in time to address what happened to gunner sandburg. he's the marin catholic high school pitcher who got hit in the head by a line drive moving in excess of 100 mph. >> the key here is we can design the best pitcher's helmet but unless the kids put it on, it's not the purpose here. >> gunner put it on. he hopes it becomes standard equipment. >> wouldn't you rather wear this than be in the hospital two months. >> it fits over the
trade soccer balls. he hired an oakland company, fair tried u.s.a. to travel to pakistan and make sure that people making the balls are being treated fairly. >> santiago soccer balls are being made by a number of sewers in desperate factories. sometimes they are actually in homes. >> reporter: so he started selling them on line but he did find one store to carry them. the store isn't going to put them on the shelves with all the other soccer balls. >> they said we want to have a fair trade section in the store. >> reporter: he maimed his company send off but his path to the point. he says getting funding and stabilizing the company has been so tough he almost quit. but his supporters are still confident he will be able to make a living. >>> we are so excited because he has so committed to making his company successful. >>> coaches and players are ready. i think they are ready to start getting soccer balls they can feel proud of and giving back to the community. >> eric: 6:44. officials in japan say it appears now that growing amounts of radiation are seeping from a crippled nuclear pow
bell is go b to get underway. [ bell ringing ] >> u.s. commerce numbers show the u.s. economy grew a little faster at the end of 2010 than previously estimated boosted by more inventory building and more business investment in plants and equipment. >> janelle: let's go to the storm watch and damage done. this is what people saw in capitola. no matter where you were in bay area, the storm if that you and will continue through today. live team coverage. terry mcsweeney is falling the fallout in capitola and contra costa county but let's begin with lisa argen tracking more rain. where is the rain now. >> most of it is in the east bay. we're looking at heavier showers moving into the concord area and down through pleasant hill. 680, walnut creek, oakley and brentwood. further to the west, if you are headed over to the richmond-san rafael bridge, getting wet there. few lighter showers around the dumbarton bridge and san mateo bridge, light showers in belmont and more rain showers through gilroy and ben lomond with a rain-snow mix here. we've got a high surf advisory through 3:00 today a
tripoli. president obama meets with national security team. the u.s. will reduce the involvement to a supporting role within days. >> eric: to japan where police report the death toll following the earthquake and tsunami now stands at 9700, another 16,000 people are still missing. nuclear officials say three workers at the fukushima daiichi power plant have been exposed to radioactive elements. two have been sent to the hospital. the plant continues to leak radiation. today government workers will hand out 240,000 bottles of water to house hold with infants after the radiation level in tap water was found to be two times higher than what is recommended for babies. >>> back here in the bay area, a company that is using a living organism in hopes of reducing our reliance on foreign oil. >> once you've determined that you can take algae, klir it, give it a good shake and process it into this -- then the next logical strategic move for a biofuels company is cost met igs >> doesn't seem to connect. >> the stuff is hyaluronic acid. they weren't looking for it at first but they were loo
over libya from the u.s. which led the international force that has been pounded gadhafi's forces. nato's secretary-general says the alliance assumed soil command overnight. handover has been seamless and now enforce the no-fly zone and arms embargo and protect civilians. nato's chief says he is against u.s. and british suggestions to arm rebels fighting against gadhafi. >> japan is considering expanding the evacuation zone around the crippled fukushima daiichi plant. janelle wang is live in the newsroom with more. >> reporter: japan is proposing to expand the zone to 12 miles to at least 20 miles and they are saying for residents to evacuate. they are setting up a panel of experts as well as american military personnel to address this crisis. the death toll from the march 11th earthquake is now at 19,000. they are still recovering bodies but the process is slowed by the scale of the destruction and debris. high levels of radiation continue to be detected in the sea waters around the fukushima plant. experts say they have tested positive for some radioactive activity. they delayed the b
. >> kristen: u.s. geological survey says a new earthquake struck off of japan's main island. meantime, officials at fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant say the situation is very grave after confirming highly toxic plutonium is seeping from the damaged reactor. tokyo officials say the amount of plutonium is small and doesn't pose a risk to the public health but it makes suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking from fuel roads. >>> president obama will take his case on the road today. last night he spoke to the nation defending his choices and announcing that nato will take over the lead role. >>> president obama explaining the u.s. involvement in libya says it was the right thing to do. >> the united states and the world face a choice. gadhafi declared he would show no mercy to his own people. it was not in our national interests to let that happen. >> reporter: he says in ten days he stopped his advance without ground troops and with a full transfer of power to nato tomorrow. hours after the speech, hillary clinton arrived in london for an international conference ab
are racing to cool them with seawater. hours after the blast the u.s. 7th fleet said it was moving its ship and aircraft away from the area after discovering low-level radioactive contamination. there are 2800 people confirmed dead after another 1,000 bodies washed up along the coastline. the final death toll could top 10,000. rescue crews are continuing to look for survivors. here's greg black with the latest. >> plumes of thick white smoke over the nuclear power plant monday. the blast is the second at that facility since saturday. radiation levels outside the plants remain elevated. the japanese government says the radiation released in the blast does not pose immediate safety or health risks. >> people there aren't so sure. >> just want to know what's going on. i'm scared. >> the threat of a meltdown is still very real, despite ongoing efforts to cool the reactor's core with seawater. it's a task made even harder because the quake knocked out the electricity after the tsunami flooded its backup generators. >> they have battery backups. they have onsite electrical generation. what happen
not gonna happen. u.s. actually encouraging americans to cancel all non-essential travel to japan. we hear they just reviewed some train service because tens of thousands in tokyo are trapped right now. but the major destruction is from the tsunami that wiped away many of the small coastal towns along the northeastern part of the country. hit around 2:45 local time, 8.9. over 50 aftershocks over magnitude 5.0 since then. we spoke to usgs just about a half hour ago. she told us that this country could see aftershocks for weeks, months, possibly years because of this large-scale earthquake. we have tsunami warnings up around 50 countries along the pacific ocean. tsunami waves can travel 500 mph as we did mention. waves as high as 3 to 6 feet. but no serious damage. not as big as we thought. president obama has assured the japanese that the u.s. will help in this theresa garcia. he and his wife michelle were notified a few hours ago and they are following the developments in japan constantly we hear right now from the white house. the tsunami is causing so much devastation. damage is going to
, continental and u.s. airways all jacked up their prices again this week, as you mentioned for the sixth time this year. the old saying, book early doesn't seem to work for some people. >> every trip you try to book you try to book it out and it's still expensive. one of those days where you can get a hotel for a pretty good price but if you can't get there for a good price what's the point? >> we can't afford it. the airfares were high. there's three of us traveling and our fares were very high. >> so what do you do? according to market watch, there's something you can do and one is -- this kind of goes to the first person we heard from. don't book too early. if you're booking a summer trip, wait until april. fall travel wait until july and even august. let the airlines do the panicking. also use social media. twitter now getting a reputation for good last-minute deals. be flexible when you travel not only the time of the year but the day of the week. use alternative airports. book on the airline's website directly. some people say they get darn
confessed to targeting the u.s. military and says he acted alone. prosecutors say the shooting's being investigated as a possible act of islamic terrorism. two other people were wounded after the gunmen opened fire on a booze carrying u.s. troops. the accused suspects shouted out god is great in arabic before he opened fire. he's described as a 21-year-old ethnic albanian from kosovo. >> accused of leaking classified documents to wikileaks is charged with capital offense. the army filed 22 determine charges against sergeant man being. one for aiding the enemy under the uniform code of military justice which could carry a sentence of life in prison or death. army prosecutors say they will not recommend the death penalty for manning. >> the nfl players association face a deadline. there could be no profootball next season. it looks likely the team owners will look to lock the players out. that means no spring practice, no free agency deals and potentially no 2011 season. both sides have been meeting in washington over a week trying to avert the nfl's first work stoppage since 1987. >> wa
. >> we are learning from a u.s. official that the f-15 jet went down yesterday about 2:30 in the afternoon west coast time. they ejected and safely in the american hands. take a look at the jet went down. we are told the crew members ejecting at a high altitude became separated. official word the jet was not shot down, i had mechanical failure. this is day three of the operation, no-fly zone being enforced. it's hoped that the rebels can seize the momentum in their struggles against libyan leader moammar gadhafi. >> democracy can't be impose frd the outside. it must spring from within. from the hearts and souls for those that seek it and are willing to work for it. >> coalition forces say they will continue operations until gadhafi withdraws his forces and stops all attacks against civilians. big story, two crew members have been rescued with only minor injuries. terry mcsweeney, "abc 7 news." >>> it's 6:14. good news this morning coming from the massively damaged fukushima daiichi power plant. within the last hour, they have announced that workers have reattached power
role in north africa countries where people used them to organize rebellions. the u.s. federal government is also concerned about the impact of social media on trial jurors. when former giants home run barry bonds begins his federal perjury trial in two weeks, members of the jury could be asked to hand over i-phones, blackberry's and other digital devices when court is in session. bonds' defense team proposes warning jurors they could be held in contempt of court for doing any electronic research on the case. charlie sheen is continuing his media blitz. last night he debuted a new life stream web show called sheen's corner. he hosted the show while several people sat nearby including one of his live-in girlfriends. the actor showed off his latest tattoo bearing his new phrase winning written across his wrist. he was build a premier episode and the actor is indicating he'll do another show. one point sheen had 115,000 people watching. archbishop desmond too too will preach at 11:00 this morning. the no bell laureate shown here on stage at the world cup soccer tournament last yea
terror threats against the u.s. scattered all over the country. it includes the family members of two young men who went into terrorism with deadly consequences. jackie speier called this hearing wrong, racist and inappropriate. some say it's eriely so system to mccarthyism. >> a body has done this before. the house on american activities committee was a tral ingredient in the mccarthyism that king wants to replicate. >> the hearing will also focus on the difficulty for some muslims to cooperate with law enforcement. critics say this hearing won't help that situation, in fact it will have the opposite effect making muslims already nervous talking to authorities more nervous. >> 6:46. this morning the wisconsin state assembly is scheduled to take up the controversial bill to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights. they used a legislative maneuver to pass the measure yesterday without any democratic legislatures present. >> protestors voiced their outrage inside the state capitol last night. senate republicans bypassed a need to have a quorum by removing any
to a slightly higher opening. standard & poors home prices are falling in most major u.s. cities. live to new york stock exchange coming up in 15 minutes. >> 6:30 very latest on breaking news we have been falling in newark where firefighters are on the scene of an explosion and fire at evergreen refinery. it appears some of it has dialed back as the explosion and fire has been contained. there are s reports of one injury possibly a woulder with a broken arm. >> dozens of firefighters are still there but some have been released. no shelter in place has been issued. there is an elementary school about half a mile from the scene, no word on whether the school will be affected. amy hollyfield is on her way to the scene and we'll have more coming up in just a little while. >> you see from the pictures they continue to spray water on something. we don't know what it is. we don't know why to keep it cool or keep down fumes. but we will find out when amy gets on the scene and we'll let you know the latest. moving on to this story, barry bonds will face another home run hitter as his trial continues.
administration to block the law from being implemented. it's expected to end up before the u.s. supreme court. >>> in japan a set back in efforts to restore power to cooling pumps at the fukushima daiichi plant. black smoke billowed out of unit three after the plant operator had restored circuits. officials say they don't know what is causing the smoke. they had hoped to restore power to cooling pumps within days. meanwhile, in tokyo, radiation levels are considered twice what is considered safe for infants. they were advising not to use tap water for drinking and making formula for babies. experts say infants are extremely vulnerable to radioactive iodine which can cause thyroid cancer but the current level doesn't pose an immediate health threat to children and adults. they say the estimates to the damage could top $300 billion. >> eric: back in the bay area we have gusty winds, but wait until mom. >> tomorrow is the biggest storm. i think that is going to be the case. here we are looking at the embarcadero where light rain is falling but not as heavy as it was falling earlier this morning.
is now 56-year-old. he was denied parole his last hearing in 2006. >> some countries including the u.s. and britain are already drawing up possible military plans involving libya. among things being considered, a possible no-fly zone to prevent libyan leader moammer gadhafi's air force from carrying out air strikes from protestors who want him to step down. forces loyal to qaddafi took control of a key oil installation in port today. and war planes bombed an ammunition depot on a rebel-held eastern town. >> let's get a check of the markets. bloomberg reporter jane king is joining us live from the new york stock exchange. how are things going? i know we're watching apple. >> yes, definitely are. we're gonna start talking with apple here this morning as shares, right now they are trading up just slightly. they're still around $350. investors watching for possible surprises. there is talk that steve jobs may himself appear on stage to help introduce the i-pad 2 today. investors watching for more details on the technology itself. yahoo also getting attention, advance talks to dump a 35% st
payroll processing company that 200,000 jobs added in the u.s. last month hiring frenzy in silicon valley and hiring at google and facebook and twitter. they say it's the strongest hiring period since the internet bubble ten years ago. happy workers at levi strauss they are putting together a settlement agreeing to pay $1 million in back wages to hundreds of employees. they say they are guilty of overtime and record keeping violations, specifically it misclassified several groups of workers as exempt from overtime. >> also adp is helping stocks as they prepare for the jobs report coming up this friday and bloomberg sill already li con index is trading up also. >>> the national parks will be free from april 16th to the 24th. you can celebrate with a quiet walk through one of best monuments in all of places in the world. >> thanks a lot. >>> some incredible video on the snowboarder who fell into a deep tree well on mt. shasta. his helmet camera captured the entire thing. james drummond was recording his run on mt. shasta when he tumbled landing upside-down under six feet of snow. he knew wh
at the frankfort airport confess to targeting the u.s. military and says he acted alone. prosecutors say the shooting is investigated as islamic terrorism. two other people were wounded after open fire on troops. the accused suspect shouted out god is great in arabic before he began shooting. he's described as a 21-year-old ethnic albanian from kosovo who comes from a family of difficult route is muslims. >> the nfl and players association face a deadline if they don't reach a deal on a labor contract there could be no pro football next season. more from washington where the two sides are meeting. >> at midnight tonight the current labor contract expires and looks like the team owners will move to lock out the players. that means no spring practice, no free agency deals and potentially no 2011 season. both sides have been meeting here in washington for over a week trying to avert the nfl's first workshop stoppage. the revenue is about $9 billion. the owners set aside $1 billion for their own expenses and the players receive about 60% of the rest. the team owners say that's unsustainable
called the u.s. integrated ocean observing system or ius. it's led by no one. it will lift a veil of secrecy off the ocean. >> working in a vacuum is personally unsatisfying and professionally unsatisfying and all of a sudden have 100 times more information overnight is revolutionary -- >> working together they can get a better picture of the ocean's health and create policies to protect it. in pacific grove, karina rusk, abc 7 news. >> scientists have discovered a if you seabird, the first new species found in 55 years. the sparrow black and white was discovered last month in a coastal area. the bird was likely missed by darwin when he sailed the same area a contract ago. so how big a deal is this? >> if we had won the lottery, we could not feel better. well, that's very exciting borough bird lovers there and everybody. let's check our forecast. >> we're going to keep slippers the next couple days because we have a storm moving in. they love it. let's go outside where we have a picture from emeryville and hd this morning. a great picture showing good visibility; however, the clou
with meat prices, even if the discount stores like wal-mart. demand for beef outside the u.s. explodes. china with an unexpected trade deficit for february as it pays more for oil and other commodities. that has some investors worried. if you're itching to fix up your kitchen and bathroom you're not alone. remodelling this spring expected to climb more than $4 million. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king with the bloomberg business report. >> parents and community groups are pushing for social ordinance with evidence to combat teenager drinking. they met with nancy pyle to discuss the issue. the ordinance would hold adults responsible for providing alcohol and hosting under-aged drinking parties. >> it's a real problem. not only is it illegal but the new research is showing the teenager's brain or young person's brain is not fully developed until they're 25 years old. this is happening in san jose, of course. santa clara county and eight cities in the area have already adopted a similar law. it fines adults up to $1,000 for giving kids liquor and allowing under-aged drinking
. the u.s. is take a supporting ball. "washington post" reports there is little evidence that the attacks were effective. latest coming up at 6:00. >> kristen: new warning, japanese government is telling parents not to allow babies to drink tap water in tokyo. they are taking new protective measures against food exports from japan. >> the latest results that tap water is more than twice the recommended limit for babies. they are warning parents to refrain from using tap water to mix formula for their infants. it contains radioactive iodine which can cause thigh lloyd cancer but officials say the tap water does not pose any immediate risks for adults. it has also contaminated food supply including spinach and other greens. they are halting other produce from that area of japan including seafood. >> the levels, the tap water here in tokyo. please stay calm as we try to consume water wisely. >> reporter: meanwhile, black smoke is billowing from unit 3 prompting a new evacuation. officials don't know the reason for the black smoke. it comes hours after the plant restored circuits. they were h
mopped up. in santa cruz, karina rusk, abc 7 news. >> yesterday the u.s. coast guard surveyed the damage in crescent city by helicopter and provided this footage. at least six boats were confirmed. some fishermen returned to survey the damage yesterday. >> this is the first time i've been down here since this happened. >> where is your boat now? >> it's somewhere over there underwater. crushed. i was right in the middle of changing engines. i didn't have the new engine in it yet. >> strong surges also caused the gas tanks on several boats to rupture, leak diesel into the harbor. the harbor master estimates damage to be 20 to $25 million. residents are making it back home from japan. jenelle wang was at san francisco international airport yesterday. those reunionses were emotional. >> arriving at sfo including a tearful reunion against gavin and his dad caught in the earthquake thousands of miles away from their east bay home. >> there was the tsunami. she's oh, no. thank goodness she's in the airport. >> it was scary. >> many who returned home today were either on their way to the airpor
. >> president obama meets this morning with senior advisors to discuss u.s. intervention in libya. moammer gadhafi said libyans will flight if a no-fly zone is imposed by western nations. he made remarks during a surprise visit to a aaa hotel last night. he said action against bolivia was show real intention to seize the country's oil. pro-regimen forces shelled the neighborhood with tank and artillery fire and appeared to regain control from rebels. >> a small tsunami along the country's north even coast, no reports of significant damage or injury. this is video from nhk-tv network. it's swaying for about 30 seconds in tokyo. the initially quake was followed by a 6.3 aftershock. a small tsunami wave came on shore but the warning center did not expect any other areas to be affected. >> the space shuttle "discovery" is about to wrap up its flying career when it lands in florida two hours from now. the shuttle and crew of six astronauts are on their way back to earth. they installed a new storage compartment to the space station. it's the most travelled. it will be at the smithsonian institu
their longest inflation gains since 2004. ben bernanke in the hot seat amid inflation rising prices, u.s. debt and economic stimulus kicks off the twice a year economic report to congress. americans earning a d when it comes to understanding credit scores. a new survey says about 67% of people incorrectly think their age is used to determine their score. the majority of people don't know landlords and cellphone companies use credit stores how much to charge and whether to do business with them at all. i'm jane king with the bloomberg business report. >> all right. it is now 5:55. more news for you. california's lieutenant governor is entitled to an office in the state building in san francisco but lieutenant governor gavin newsom won't be using it. instead newsom has decided to share space with a south of market startup called the founder's den. it's a work space where entrepreneurs created by the founder of the website princester. it will cost about 10% what a regular office could cost in the city. homeowners who make significant energy efficient improvement to their homes can get up to $4,00
extras. >> time is now 5:52. >> getting word that positive sign for the economy. u.s. private sector added 200,000 jobs in march. >> meantime, a new report finds that beautiful people can cash in on their good looks. here is jane king with this morning's money scope report. >> good morning. it's true, economists say studies done beautiful people are happier and they say the economic benefits of beauty include better pay. lead researcher said he doesn't recommend treatments pliek like plastic surgery because it doesn't help. fda holding hearings on food coloring and possible relationship to behavioral problems in chin. also today, top mortgage bankers come into washington for face-to-face meetings with state attorney generals about a settlement on foreclosure mess. regulators may let people sell their homes less than their mortgage. if you need your toyota repaired you might want to do it fast. they are stopping to order replacement parts. it's. >> if you are looking for something cheap to do and kids are out of school for the week in april, try visiting some of the national parks. al
today. he has said the u.s. will reduce the involvement in a support role within a few days. >> imagine you are flying into one of busiest airports in the nation and airport controller is found asleep at reagan international miles from the white house. the audio recording of the pilot conversation. >> for more than 20 minutes, the tower had gone ominously quiet. american airlines flight from dallas could not reach the tower after being handed over from regional controllers. pilot executed a go round following routine aviation procedure. failing to get the tower on the second approach, he treated the airport as if were uncontrolled and landed. 15 minutes latest. ninth flight was unable to contact anyone. >> the tower, we called on the phone and nobody is answering. so the aircraft went in uncontrolled. >> that is interesting. >> it is. it's happened before. >> both flights landed safely. >> there was one controller on duty. n.t.s.b. investigating whether he was asleep, away from his desk or there was some communication problem with the tower. whatever they find they certainly will be rev
's congressional hearings will be held to discuss u.s. involvement in libya. nato officially took over operations. there has been new reports of civilian casualties as a result of allied air strikes. robert gates says political and economic pressures will drive him from power. there is a sign that he may be crumbling under pressure. a foreign minister defected to britain. >> kristen: more radiation from the japan disaster is being detected in this country. scientists have found trace amounts of bay area rivers and even milk but experts make it clear it's not dangerous. at u.c. berkeley, the presence of iodine that have made their way through the jetstream to these shores. good news is that iodine has a half-life of eight days. levels are so small that they are inconsequential. >> the radiation we do see is extremely small, thousand times less than what we normally see every day in the environment. >> they say they are not concerned and the radiation will be below detectable limits in less than a month. >>> a $320 million construction project is getting underway on the peninsula that will protect
into opposition's hands. a senior u.s. officials have reduced flights over libya as they impose a no-fly zone over the country. >> feeling the pain of gasoline. city governments are feeling the crunch just as much as anyone else. nearby walnut creek, the city has a fleet of over 100 cars including police trucks and vehicles. nearly $800,000 is budgeted for fuel but if prices keep rising, that may not be enough. >> we estimated a little high. right now we're okay if gas prices get above $5, we are going to have to go back to council for more budget. >> and it's not known where council will get the extra money if they need to pay more for gasoline. >> all right. you drove this morning to work. i think i need to slow down a little, the roads a little wet and light showers and drizzle. >> the key was they were light but just enough to make the roads wet. show you what's going on as far as how much calmer it is this morning. look at the bay. how often do we see it looking like glass as we look from emeryville back to san francisco. beautiful mirrored picture of the bay bridge in this light. let's talk
to discuss u.s. intervention in libya. libyans will flight if a no-fly zone is imposed by western nations. he made remarks during a surprise visit to a aaa hotel last night. he said actions is to seize the country's oil. pro-regimen forces shelled the neighborhood with tank and artillery fire. >> a 7.3 earthquake in japan triggered a small tsunami along the northeastern coast. this is video from japan's nhk television network. you can see the shaking as buildings swayed for as long as 3 seconds in tokyo. the initially quake was followed by a 6.3 magnitude aftershock. a small wave came ashore in japan but the specific warning center did not expect any other areas to be affected. >> the space shuttle "discovery" is about to wrap up its flying career in three hours from now. the crew and astronauts are on their way back to earth. the 27-year-old "discovery" is nasa's oldest shuttle and the most travelled flying 39 missions. it will retire to the smithsonian institute for display. here is a photo from a central valley resident as the shuttle soared in the sky fresno 7:30 last night. that thin whi
the radioactive material. risk to the u.s. is said to be slight. millions of people spent a third night without water or heat in the near freezing temperatures. a tide of bodies has washed up along japan's coastline and rescue workers have run out of body bags. this volcano in southern japan from the quake-ravaged city. a series of eruptions yesterday. experts say it's unclear if the eruptions are linked to the quake. seismically active zones where earthquakes are common. >> in libya moammer gadhafi has driven rebels on one of their last strong holds. government forces pushed 25 miles into opposition territory after hours of heavy fighting at the oil town of braga yesterday. the rebels lost a vital source of fuel for their vehicles and puts the military less than 150 miles from bengazi. >> a date set for a second hearing for hikers accused of spying. the justice department says it will be held may 11th and likely take place behind closed doors. jane bauer, josh patal and sarah shourd have been charged with espionage. two pleaded not guilty in the first hearing. shored was released on bail back
u.s. sons, getting the libyan leader to defect. abc news, washington. >> in his recorded weekly address, mr. obama promises to keep up the fight to pass the paycheck act which empowers women in their fight for equal pay. they earn an average of 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. >> that's why i was disappointed. the paycheck fairness act was blocked by just two votes in the senate. that's why i'm going to keep up the reforms in that bill. >> he feels deeply about that. he wants no limit to what they can achieve. teachers in mount diablo school district has reached an agreement to reduce 39 layoffs in the schools this year. the teachers agreed yesterday to take three unpaid furlough days by june 30th. their union plans to hold two public meetings and hold a vote by the end of the month. next year's contract which takes effect july 1st won't occur until september. they sent out 93 preliminary layoff notices for next year ahead of tuesday's state-mandated pink slip deadline. so many school districts are struggling to keep teachers employed, the walnut creek announced pay races
turning down to speak for the labor party. u.s. auto sales numbers, they'll be starting to come out here in an hour or so. expected to be very strong, especially for february. ben bernanke appearing on capitol hill for his twice a year testimony on the economy. it gets underway here in about 15 minutes or so. we expect him to talk about and answer questions on the deficit, higher fuel prices, higher food prices and higher employment. we've got the dow, s & p up but the nasdaq is actually a little lower and the bloomberg index trading down slightly. noble energy, they are slightly lower as well, that's after gaining yesterday that won the country's first permit as your last april b.p. oil spill. >> all right, jane. thank you. >> did you tell jane what you paid for gas. >> i know. $4.25 for premium. it really did. thank you very much. a new target store opens this sunday on the oakland emeryville border. the leaders of both cities say the jobs and sales taxes needed more than ever before. technically the new store is located in oakland but the emeryville border is just a few feet away. bot
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